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Here's another thing that fricking pisses me off. we don't have enough national guard troops at home to deal with disasters and security. they are all in Iraq. to hearpeople saying no no, iraq has nothing to do with it, and then to see a major american city completely lose control with murders, robbery, rapes, dead bodies lying in the streets, old people, poor people, babies with no food or water.....where are the national guard? where is the military? Too much of the force is deployed to Iraq. What about me? What if there is a massive earthquake in CA next week. Am I just on my own? We may be the strongest, richest country in the world, but we arenotstrong enough and rich enough to invade another country to change their government by force and also take care of our own security needs here at home.

The National Guard
Strain of Iraq War Means the Relief Burden Will Have to Be Shared
By Ann Scott Tyson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, August 31, 2005; Page A14

With thousands of their citizen-soldiers away fighting in Iraq, states hit hard by Hurricane Katrina scrambled to muster forces for rescue and security missions yesterday -- calling up Army bands and water-purification teams, among other units, and requesting help from distant states and the active-duty military.

As the devastation threatened to overwhelm state resources, federal authorities called on the Pentagon to mobilize active-duty aircraft, ships and troops and set up an unprecedented task force to coordinate a wider military response, said officials from the Northern Command, which oversees homeland defense.

National Guard officials in the states acknowledged that the scale of the destruction is stretching the limits of available manpower while placing another extraordinary demand on their troops -- most of whom have already served tours in Iraq or Afghanistan or in homeland defense missions since 2001.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/08/30/AR2005083002162.html

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